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AYSO Region 418 Chicago Lakefront

Winter Indoor Program

About The Program

AYSO offers an optional coed Winter Indoor Program for players who wish to continue playing soccer through the winter season. 

This program takes place on Saturdays, in January through March, at Chicago Futsal Academy, 6122 N Clark. Games are played on indoor turf. These are fast paced, exciting, skill building games. Space is limited. This program is hugely popular and fills up quickly, so make sure to register early!

All divisions are coed. 7U and 8U are combined, as are 14U and 16U divisions. Each team in 7/8U through 14/16U will have a proportional balance of ages and will be led by volunteer coaches.

Check out the Winter Indoor Soccer FAQ.







When does the season start and end?
2022 Winter Indoor season is 16 weeks. We'll run five weeks of training November 12 through December 17. We'll begin league play on January 7 and run until March 25. 

When are the games played?
AYSO Indoor games are usually played from 12:00 PM to 6 PM. During that span, all four fields will be exclusively used by AYSO, meaning all of your AYSO friends and AYSO fans will be together for soccer-filled Saturdays. 

Who is eligible?
AYSO Indoor Soccer is open to players born between 2016-2007. The indoor program is open to all players, not just those currently registered for our Fall 22, Spring 23 season. Newly enrolling players will be subject to a $20 player fee that will be added to your total.

How many spots are available?
We will roster a limited number of players for Winter Indoor Season. Teams will consist of 12 players.  
To register, click on Sign Me Up!!

Soccer in Chicago in the winter?
Yes.  The weather is great inside Chicago Futsal Academy.

Who coaches the teams?
As with all AYSO programs, we rely on volunteers and will be asking for volunteer coaches.
We require that all coaches be Safe-Haven certified, CDC: Concussion certified, and AYSO Coach certified for the appropriate age division.  There is not a separate certification for Indoor.  We do allow coaches to request specific assistant coaches, but we cannot honor every request.  Our first priority is to ensure we have enough qualified coaches for each team, and then we try to ensure that the teams are as evenly balanced as possible. 

SIGN UP TO COACH WINTER INDOOR!
Coaches, please sign up for your Winter Indoor division, even if you are a registered coach in a Fall/Spring division. A separate registration must be completed for each division you will be coaching. Open the Volunteer tab in your My Account page and click on 'Find Volunteer Roles'. If you do not see your  Winter Indoor division, click on 'Show More' and select the Coach role in your child's Winter Indoor Program Division. A background check must be run on every AYSO volunteer once per year. If you have completed a background check for the current membership year, then you must sign up to coach a Winter Indoor team, but you do not need to submit a new background check.

What does it cost and when can I register?
Registration is open! Select to register for the 2022-23 Winter Indoor Program from your account. The registration fee is $175 per player in divisions 7/8U through 14/16U.
Sign Me Up!!

How are teams rostered?

We make every effort to keep outdoor teammates together for Indoor, but we cannot guarantee that this will happen. Our main objectives are to strive for balanced and competitive teams, distributing boys and girls and travel players fairly across all the teams (remember, this is a coed league). This means that we may split up outdoor teammates and travel teams to avoid imbalance in skill level as we build the rosters for Indoor.

Coed?
Yes.  The teams are coed and that format has proven to be successful and beneficial for the boys and girls who have played with us in past seasons.  It works very well. Please encourage your player to embrace this unique opportunity available only in AYSO's Winter Indoor Program.

Uniforms & Equipment?
All registered players will receive a team-specific pinnie. Players provide their own shorts and soccer socks, typically the same issued for Fall season. All players are required to wear shin guards. Indoor turf soccer shoes are recommended but not required. Sneakers are acceptable. Firm ground "outdoor" cleats are prohibited.

Is it fun?
Is this a rhetorical question?  Yes, Indoor season is a lot of fun.  The league is a blast, and every year we have kids tell us that Indoor Soccer is their favorite activity. The action is fast and furious on a small turf field with no out-of-bounds or throw-ins. Play is 7v7 or 6v6, with substitutions made on the fly. And with all fields dedicated exclusively to AYSO during our program time, it's also a great gathering spot for friends, family, and fans.

Is there a tournament at the end of the season?
Yes, we will host our annual Indoor SoccerFest tournament the final two weeks of the season. Expect two Saturdays full of fast and exciting games, fun soccer, great competition and many, many smiles.

How do I register?
Please register on our website using the same Blue Sombrero system and login information you used for Fall or Spring registration. 

When should I register?
Now.  The league is very popular and fills fast so register as soon as you can.

Refund Policy
Registered players who withdraw from the program prior to the first day of the program will be issued a 50% refund. No refund is issued for withdrawal requests received after the program starts. 

Other Questions
If your question is not answered in the items above, please email our Winter Indoor Program Coordinator, Mike Forseman.

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